PETER Ndlovu’s days with the national team setup seem to be over after the Warriors legend this week joined South Africa’s Absa Premiership side Sundowns.
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The former Warriors captain is the national team assistant coach by virtue of him being the Under-23 coach.
But he has been conspicuous by his absence from the Warriors bench at the Cosafa Cup tournament currently underway in Zambia.
Instead, Ndlovu has surfaced in Ghana where Sundowns are having their pre-season camp.
He was pictured in the company of Sundowns officials and players when they were welcomed in Accra by Ghana Minister of Sport Elvis Afriyie Ankrah on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe Football Association chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze yesterday said they had not communicated with Ndlovu.
“There has not been any formal communication from Ndlovu on whether he wants to leave the Warriors job. Peter usually communicates, but he hasn’t done so. I want to believe he is still with us,” Mashingaidze said.
Sundowns’ communications manager Thulani Thuswa has, however, confirmed that Ndlovu has joined his club.
“Yes, Peter has rejoined the team, but I can’t really reveal much because he joined the team straight in Ghana. When the team comes back to South Africa, we will make an official announcement,” Thuswa was quoted as saying yesterday.
While Thuswa refused to give away more details on the actual role Ndlovu will take, reports suggest that the legendary player, who was at the Chloorkop form 2004-8, has been offered the role of a development coach.
Ndlovu’s last public appearance in the country was a fortnight ago when he attended the Highlanders versus Caps match at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
Ndlovu has been with the Warriors since last year during Rahman Gumbo’s tenure and is now working under German national Klaus Dieter Pagels.
Ndlovu’s elder brother, Marko, confirmed that his brother left the country for South Africa, but declined to reveal finer details of his second dance with Sundowns.
“He left the country for South Africa, but I cannot reveal any details because I am still waiting to get feedback from him,” Marko said.